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Press Review

Nezavisimaya Gazeta
Noviye Izvestia
Rossiiskaya Gazeta
Krasnaya Zvezda
Komomolskaya Pravda
Moskovsky Komsomolets


Head of the Indem think-tank and former Yeltsin advisor Georgy Satarov held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the findings of a recent study of corruption and bribery in Russia. Satarov announced that $37 billion is spent on bribes yearly, of which $449 million is spent on admission to free educational institutions while $600 million goes to "free" medical services. (1, 2, Kommersant 3)

The Ministry for Interior Security has granted Russian citizenship to a citizen of Kazakhstan who was mistakenly drafted into the Russian Army and served as a private in the Chechen war. (1)

On the opening day of the Notre Dame de Paris musical, composer Richard Cochante and poet Luke Plamondon were interviewed by Izvestia. They were asked about casting decisions for the musical as well as the Russian version of the text. (1,3)

On Tuesday President Putin met with the heads of several regional legislative bodies in Moscow to work toward the establishment of the Council of Speakers. Some of the delegates have criticized the existing distribution of authority and revenues between Moscow and the regions. (3, Kommersant 3)

India is prepared for a war with Pakistan after the two countries exchanged artillery fire for several days. In an interview two experts share their thoughts concerning the likelihood of a full-scale war in the region. (2)

In an interview Moscow's chief city architect Alexander Kuzmin discusses the prospects of federal government approving of the General Plan of the Russian capital development, which yet to be passed after three years of debate. (2)

In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, an attempt was made on the life of Pacific region border troops chief, General Vitaly Gamov, in his own flat. Both the general and his wife remain in critical condition. Local border guards have said that the criminals are connected with organized poaching crime. (3, Kommersant 6)

On Monday FBI director Robert Muller, speaking before the National District Prosecutors Association, said that another terrorist attack on the United States is inevitable. (3)

On Monday, 35-year-old citizen of Belarus Nikolay Shitik was detained in Moscow, after he tried to sell 500 grams weapon-grade uranium. (3)

North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun will pass a personal letter from the republic's leader Kim Jong il to Vladimir Putin. A source in the Kremlin administration told Izvestiya that topics of discussion between the Korean foreign minister and his Russian counterpart Igor Ivanov may be included in the agenda for the upcoming Russian-U.S. summit. (3)

On Tuesday the joint collegium of the Russian and Belarussian Justice Ministries held its first meeting in Minsk. The Justice Ministers of the two partner countries will be involved in determining the form of the future Russian-Belarussian state. (4)

Yabloko party will be registered at the Justice Ministry to replace the old Yabloko movement. Yabloko experienced financial hardship after tycoon Vladimir Gusinsky left Russia, but now the party now says it has found a new sponsor. (4)

Clients of two largest mobile phones operators Beeline and MTS will be able to send each other SMS messages through an agreement to be signed today between the two companies. (5)

The European airbus jet maker has selected the Kaskol group as its partner for cooperation in Russia. According to an agreement signed yesterday, Airbus will build a design and engineering center in Moscow and will set up a program for producing parts for Airbus in Russia. (5)

On the eve of the Russian-U.S. summit, the daily published recent figures concerning Russian and U.S. attitudes towards one another. Two leading U.S. experts in Russian issues and in arms control share their thoughts on the figures. (7)


At the upcoming extraordinary congress of the Association of Russian Banks (ARB), first deputy chairman Garegin Tosunian will try to arrange the early dismissal of Association President Sergey Yegorov who was the Central Bank board chair from 1973 to1989 and still has great weight in the Russian banking circles. (1)

On Monday night SOGAZ Insurance General Director Andrey Petukhov and his driver Marat Statretdinov were shot dead in Petukhov's suburban home. The murder may have been connected with Petukhov's previous work in Incombank. (1)

At Tuesday's government meeting, a draft concept of the 2003 state budget was discussed. According to the draft, the government will pay off $17 billion in foreign debts, have the average dollar exchange rate of 34 rubles and an inflation rate of 10 to 12 percent. (2)

On Monday the Duma Budget Committee discussed amendments to the Tax Code that could compensate Russia's regions for losses stemming from an abolition of the road tax. In particular, deputies proposed to increase the regional quote in the profit tax gains from 4 percent to 5 percent. (2)

On Tuesday, representatives of legal services groups met with the Moscow City Duma deputies. The lawyers were primarily concerned about the source of compensation of their work with insolvent clients, since the new Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that each defendant should have a legal support. (3)

On Tuesday in Pyatigorsk three underage Chechens were sentenced to various terms in prison for the murder of Chechens police officers that had cooperated with federal forces. (5)

On Tuesday two bodyguards of Ahmad Kadyrov, the head of the Chechen administration, were wounded in the village of Gansolchi, the birth place of rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov. (5)

In the Khabarovsk region, the trial of a military officer accused of the contract killings of two of his superior officers began on Tuesday. The officer allegedly paid $32,000 for the murders. The defendant officer made a fortune on kickbacks for food contracts for the Russian Army Far-Eastern district. (6)

Yesterday the State Duma held hearings regarding the protection of the rights of Russian citizens permanently residing in CIS and the Baltic states.

Unprecedented security measures have been taken in Berlin, where U.S. President George W. Bush arrives today to start his six-day European tour, that will include three days in Russia. (9)

The daily interviewed Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov about the upcoming NATO-Russia, Russia-EU and Russia-U.S. summits. (11)

The Moscow city government has passed a draft budget for 2003 that has a 10 billion-ruble deficit. The story gives detailed figures. (13)

Russian Audit Chamber head Sergey Stepashin will serve three years as the leader of the European organization of financial control, beginning May 27. Stepashin will organize a meeting of G-8 audit chambers in Moscow on May 31. (14)

RESO-Garantiya bought out its own stock from MDM-bank. RESO may sell a controlling package to portfolio investors in the near future. (15)

Krasnodar retailer Magnit bought out a chain of Moscow-based discount-shops Nesterovskiye. Magnit is the largest retail chain in Russia in terms of the number of its shops. (17)


Moscow hotels are overbooked until mid-June thanks to George Bush's upcoming visit to Moscow and to a number of big international conferences and the Youth's International Sports Games. The Moscow city government expects that the number of foreign tourists in Moscow will reach 2 million this year, compared to 1.7 million last year. (A1)

The industrial growth in Russia leveled off in April despite increased investment. Figures for major industries are provided in the article. (A3)

Vedomosti quoted the Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref as saying that the U.S. Congress is unlikely to abolish the Jackson-Vanik amendment before the Russia-U.S. summit. However, Gref added that this is likely to happen very soon allowing Russia to finally achieve recognition as a market economy. (PRIME-TASS, A3)

In an interview Alexei Miller speaks about his first year as Gazprom CEO. Miler was asked about Gazprom's assets in various industries, the structure of shareholders and on-going sale of Gazprom's banking and media assets. Miller said he would like to see the positions of the state in the natural gas monopoly to strengthen. (A4)

During his upcoming visit to Europe, President Bush will ask developed countries to allocate $10 billion for a nuclear nonproliferation for Russia. (A6)

Vedomosti. Companies and Markets

One more audit company, Ernst & Young, has been accused of shady dealings by the American Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC stated that in the 1990s, Ernst & Young conducted an audit of PeopleSoft computer software company, while buying the software products at the same time. (B1)

The Moscow city Arbitration Court ruled that Stroitransgaz should return a 4.83 percent package of Gazprom stock that it was given 6 years ago. (B1)

The Joint Financial Group has predicted that in the next five years growth in Russia's beer industry will slow. Beer consumption in Russia will soon stabilize at the same level as in Finland and Poland. (B1)

No space tourist has yet concluded an agreement with Rosaviacosmos for a space flight scheduled for October. This leaves very little time for a prospective astronaut to prepare. The flight will cost $20 million, and Rosaviacosmos says it has got five applicants, one of which is Russian. (B5)

A story looks at the level of wages in various industries. The most generous are natural gas enterprises, where the average monthly wage is 23.396 rubles. Oil companies also rank well with an average monthly salary of 12.799 rubles. Top managers of investment companies earn between $1 million and $3 million a year. The salary of director at a large provincial plant, roughly $100,000 a year is comparable to that of a director working in a medium-size Moscow bank. (B8)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta

After a presidential decree on expanding the authority of the Chechen government the head of the Chechen administration Akhmad Kadyrov has indulged in a number of tough statements about the federal troop commanders and law enforcement bodies. The problem is that Kadyrov is not the boss of any military in Chechnya. (1,4)

An assembly of Russian top brass will begin in Moscow on Thursday ahead of schedule. The extraordinary meeting will be attended by President Vladimir Putin, who is concerned about military officers' morale. The article gives wage figures among the officer ranks that will come into effect starting from January 1,2003. (1, Noviye Izvestiya 1)

Agriculture Minister Alexei Gordeyev gave an interview about the agricultural industry in Russia. He was asked about the finance of agriculture, about customs duties for import and export and about state subsidies to the sector. (3)

Nezavisimaya Gazeta got hold of a report from the Control Directorate to the President of Russia about the unacceptable situation in the country's forestry and lumber industry that was submitted in mid-April. In 2001 currency gains of Russia for lumber export totaled $4.3 billion. The report asserts that the potential of the sphere is $100 billion. The article gives figures and detailed analysis of the industry. (3)

A story asserts that Russia does not have complete control in Dagestan and that radical Moslems (wahhabites) have a lot of supporters there. A report is published from the republic. (4)

Noviye Izvestia

A court in Moscow will soon hold the trial of three heads of passport departments, an official of the Interior Ministry and a head from the Visas and Registrations Department. All are charged with making false passports and other certificates of Russian citizenship. (1, 5)

The Audit chamber is aiming to get back 300 to 500 million Swiss franks of Russian capital from Swiss banks that was stolen from Russia in the mid-nineties. A Swiss lawyer made this statement after an Audit chamber delegation made its visit to Geneva. The article gives details of concrete cases, including the case of Angola debt that involves former deputy finance minister Andrei Vavilov. (1)

Rossiiskaya Gazeta

State Duma deputy Yelena Mizulina gave an interview on the new Criminal Procedure Code that is to take effect from July 1. She said that the new Code will better protect the rights of the individual against law enforcement bodies. (3)

Krasnaya Zvezda

A report from Severomorsk details the operation of lifting the front module of the sunken Kursk submarine. It has been delayed again due to bad weather in the Barents Sea. (1)

Komomolskaya Pravda

Excerpts were published from former U.S. deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbotts' book "The Russian Hand" and the editorial comment on the appearance of the book on the eve of George W. Bush's first visit to Russia. (2)

German Bild newspaper was quoted as saying that Russian actress Natalya Andreychenko's 17-year marriage with Hollywood star Maximillian Shell has ended with a divorce. In the past years Andreychenko became an activist for the Russian AIDS Fund and was spending a lot of time in Moscow, while Shell lived in Austria. (5)

A report about unscrupulous deal between missile-maker RATEP, based in Serpukhov, and a mysterious Global Market company that was apparently used for cashing money gained by RATEP on state contracts. The story asserts that there are many bad officials in the Russian Army and the defense industry, which makes the proposed increase of state funding quite risky. (5)

A story asserts that radical extremists -- including emissaries from Arabic countries -- recruit supporters among Moslems who live in Moscow. There are also many unregistered Mosques in the Russian capital for which the city militia is generously bribed. (8-9)

The new news editor of Interfax Oleg Shchedrov -- a former Reuters Russian and CIS Bureau chief -- gave an interview about his plans to make Interfax the best news agency in Russia. (11)

Yury Pichugin, the director of the Detroit-based Institute for Cryogenics has prepared to become the first Russian to be frozen after his death and to meet with his own descendants in 3002. He talks about the cryogenics methods used in his institute that currently holds 41 frozen bodies. (12-13)

Moskovsky Komsomolets

Officials of the Russian-Belarus union -- deputy secretary of state Sergei Kalashnkov and legal department head Alexander Victorov -- answered questions from Komsomolets' readers about the union's future currency, constitution and general prospects. The union's Permanent Committee -- headed by Pavel Borodin -- announced the competition on designing emblems for the union, its national anthem and a flag. Some proposed lyrics are quoted (2)